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No, Trump has not been ‘tough’ on Russia

Authors Edward Fishman, James Lamond, and Max Bergmann set the record straight on the Trump administration's attitude toward Russia.

Last month, the Treasury Department announced new sanctions against four Kremlin-linked figures for their efforts to interfere in the upcoming U.S. presidential election. The measures were met with acclaim as a long-awaited response to Russia’s interventions in American democracy.

In reality, though, these measures are little more than a pinprick — the latest episode in a long history of efforts by the Trump administration to appear tough on Russia while actually signaling to the Kremlin that U.S. elections remain open to interference. The simple fact is that even harsh-looking sanctions have little impact when there’s zero political will to enforce them.

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Edward Fishman

James Lamond


Max Bergmann

Former Senior Fellow